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Do rats or mice bite?

Despite their long teeth and reputation for gnawing on all sorts of objects, rats and mice are unlikely to bite humans unless they feel threatened or scared. These rodents are not typically aggressive and usually prefer to run away. That said, here are some important things to know about rat or mouse bites:

  • Though rodent bites are rare, they are still possible – especially if the rodent is infected with rabies.
  • Rats are more likely to bite people than mice. 
  • It is possible to contract serious illnesses through rodent bites. 
  • Though few rodent bites become infected, most will swell or turn red
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What Does a Rodent Bite Look Like?

Rodent bites can be scary and unpleasant. You’ll likely notice the bite as it happens; thanks to their long teeth and strong jaws, rats and mice can puncture the skin and draw blood. Within a few hours, the surrounding skin may swell, turn red, and feel painful to the touch. If you notice pus surrounding the wound in the following days, the bite has likely become infected and may need additional medical attention.

Are Rat Bites Dangerous?

Yes, as with any other rodent bite, rat bites are dangerous. Even if the wound itself doesn’t seem serious, these pests are known for spreading a wide range of diseases that can be fatal if left untreated. Rat-bite fever is perhaps the most famous of these illnesses, causing symptoms such as:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Joint pain

What to Do If Your Bitten By a Rodent

After a rodent bite, it’s crucial to take the right steps to protect your health. Regardless of the severity of the bite, you should seek immediate medical attention. After you have been seen by a doctor, keep a close eye on how your wound is healing and how you are feeling over the next two weeks. If you notice any signs of infection or serious illness, you should return to the doctor immediately.

Do All Rodents Bite?

Though most rodents would rather scamper away than bite, most species are still capable of biting if they feel threatened. If you come across a rat or mouse on your property, protect your health by calling your local rodent control company. A licensed exterminator will have the equipment and expertise needed to safely eliminate the pests. Not only will they be able to get the rodents out of your home or business, but they will also be able to protect your property long-term against future infestations.

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